Atlanta Hawks: 3 Trade Targets on the Washington Wizards

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Bradley Beal #3 of the Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Trade Target #3: Bradley Beal

Sadly, Wall is not on this list for many reasons (well probably just the fact that he has a supermax contract). There is a price to be the best but that may be too much.

The first trade target for the Atlanta Hawks should be none other than Beal. Between Beal and Wall, the most versatile player is the 6-foot-5 guard out of Florida.

Beal is just reaching his prime at the age of 25. Last season he made his first all-star appearance which speaks volumes on his improvement. Unlike Wall, the 25-year-old can shoot from all three levels of the floor consistently.

This trade makes sense for the Hawks for a variety of reasons. In the summer of 2016, Beal signed a 5-year $128 million extension with the Wizards. If the Hawks make this trade they will have him under contract until 2021.

Right now the Hawks front office is probably trying to stick to the plan of rebuilding. But trading for the Wizards star shooting guard will speed up Atlanta’s rebuilding process. Adding Beal to the roster will make this team an eighth or seventh seed team (yes indeed).

Beal is only 25 years old and he is averaging 21.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4 assists (while playing with a score first point-guard). Atlanta could become a home for the star who has expressed his frustration with his team’s front office.

Last season the team did surprisingly well in a stretch without Wall in the lineup and posted a .500 record without him. Not to mention the ball moved from side to side forcing Beal to be a playmaker for others.

Moving on this trade would help the Hawks upgrade at shooting guard while getting ride of Bazemore’s contract. In addition, the team would land their superstar with a chance to re-sign him long term.

Again, these trades may not happen due to the few games that the Wizards have won but anything is possible. Not to mention the Hawks front office may want to stick to their current plan.